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Shotguns & Accordions: Music of the Marijuana Growing Regions of Colombia.

Explores vallenato music, a rocking blues which evolved out of the marijuana-growing regions of Columbia. It is a hot, jumpy dance music which mixes accordians, electric bass, percussion and open-throated singing. Vallenato absorbed the local traditions from the vibrantly rhythmic, African-rooted cumbia music to the traditional flute music of various Indian peoples to become the soundtrack for the wide-open lifestyle of gambling and carousing fueled by drug profits. 1983. 30 min.


"Uprooted" seeks to bring attention to a mounting calamity left out of the world's spotlight. The internal refugee crisis in Colombia is one of the worst in the world. Over 3.5 million people have been violently displaced since 1990. The majority of these people are Black Colombians from the Pacific coast, an area prized for its national resources and development opportunities. The film explores the plight of Noris Mosquera, one of the more than 1 million Afrocolombians uprooted from their land.

War Takes

For over four years, three Colombian filmmakers turned their cameras on themselves, using personal stories to expose the tough reality in their violent, war-ravaged country. According to these filmmakers, Colombia has been functioning for many years in the gray area between legalism and lawlessness. Directors, Adelaida Trujillo, Patricia Castano Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2003. 77 min.